22 November 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Ciaran Lavery is Monaghan’s newest golf professional. Next month, he’ll take part in a prestigious tournament in mainland Europe. Here he tells The Northern Standard the reasons why he decided last week to wave goodbye to his amateur status

On a wind pummelled golf course in Drumlin country, Ciaran Lavery nullifies the whirr of the elements with a swish of his trusted nine iron.

‘Get in the hole’, somebody roars from the cusp of the par 3. This time though the ball settles on the green, no more than three foot to the right of the pin.

In the minutes that follow, young Lavery’s playing partners cut desolate figures as they see their efforts to outfox the elements fold like a deckchair. Should have taken a three iron perhaps.

Their efforts are no disgrace though for they’re in the company of Monaghan’s newest professional golfer and he has been burning a path into the record books locally for quite a while now.

On Wednesday of last week, 22 year old Lavery took the plunge. He went professional.

With the help of sponsorship from Elvaney Waste and an unbending belief in his own ability, the Monaghan native decided to bargain on making his livelihood from golf.

He’s a good ‘un, his Rossmore club colleagues will testify. They remember him just a couple of years ago playing off a handicap of just one. Making scratch was a matter of when not if.

The stats back up the assessment held by many of Ciaran’s talent and finger the fact that he has met the criteria (a handicap of scratch or less) set down for would-be professionals by the game’s governing body in Europe, the R&A.

Ciaran’s golfing gameplan wasn’t hatched last Wednesday though. Instead, the seedlings of a forthcoming tour on the continent were planted when he was just 10 years old when his father Declan brought him to watch David Duvall win the British Open at Royal Lytham and St. Annes in England.

In a neck of the woods where team games like Gaelic football predominate, one wonders how such an individual sport as golf grabbed him by the throat.

‘I think the fact that’s it all down to yourself how you …

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